You’ve heard it before: Virginia is for Lovers. So what better a way to celebrate than by taking that special someone on an unforgettable date? These 9 spots in Virginia have more than just great lighting and food. It’s the entire atmosphere that will make the experience nothing short of magical. So whether you’re with a significant other, your best friend, or even feel like venturing out alone, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the any of these restaurants:
1. Bookbinder's (Richmond)
Everything about the Bookbinder's atmosphere suggests that your visit is a special occasion, even if it just happens to be an ordinary week night. Whether you're inside enjoying the cozy and dimly-lit dining area, or outside in the beautiful courtyard, you will be sure to remember your evening here. Seafood is cooked to perfection here, especially with the surf n' turf or shrimp scampi.
2. The Southern Inn (Lexington)
The quiet little town of Lexington is romantic by itself, but when you dine at a local establishment as fine as the Southern Inn, you've got yourself a true date night. The menu features dishes made from scratch, with delicious local ingredients. Southern staples are done perfectly here. From fried chicken to risotto, there's a little bit of everything on the menu. And the pecan pie is not to be missed for dessert.
3. Frankie Rowland’s Steakhouse (Roanoke)
There's nothing like a perfectly cooked steak. And that's exactly what you'll be served at Frankie Rowland's steakhouse. The impressive menu also features scallops, lamb chops, ribeye, and delicious sides to accompany. The specialty drinks, such as signature pineapple martini, will make for a truly unique experience.
4. Fleurie Restaurant (Charlottesville)
Fleurie is the spot to go if you're in the Charlottesville area and looking for a romantic night of French-inspired cuisine. The atmosphere is charming and contemporary and the upscale menu is filled with entrees such as the seared scallops with sweet potato puree and hickory-truffle vinaigrette. Your experience here will be one for the books.
5. Vermilion (Alexandria)
Vermillion is a notoriously incredible restaurant in the DC area, and luckily it happens to be in Virginia territory. The atmosphere is rustic and comfortable, making for a cozy setting. The menu is never over-the-top, and the entrees are prepared beautifully. Photographed above is the trout entree with steamed spinach and Brussels sprouts.
6. Amber Lantern Restaurant (Chesapeake)
Could there be anything more romantic than a sunset-over-the-water view? The Elizabeth River looks especially beautiful with soft jazz playing in the background and a delicious plate of food in front of you. As you can tell by the above photograph of the fried oysters, the presentation is amazing. This spot is also known for their mouthwatering desserts.
7. Chartreuse Bistro (Norfolk)
The Chartreuse Bistro is a Modern European gem that thrives on serving incredible farm-to-table dishes. In fact, the menu changes daily depending on what's available and in season. The atmosphere is upscale and romantic, and the restaurant keeps fairly late hours. Photographed above is their fettuccini with a pomodoro sauce. Be sure to save room for one of the menu favorites, the creme brulee.
8. The Cellars Restaurant (Virginia Beach)
The Cellars is located in the basement of a beautiful bed and breakfast and is a local treasure. The ambiance is intimate and inviting -- the perfect atmosphere for your romantic meal. Although a bit pricey, you can rest assured that you are paying for a phenomenal experience. Popular options include bam bam shrimp, salmon, and elk steak. Photographed above is a deconstructed sushi roll made with fresh seafood.
9. The Tavern (Abingdon)
The building which now serves as a charming restaurant has existed since 1779. This makes for a historic and wonderfully romantic setting to enjoy a fine meal. Imagine cozying up by the fireplace on a cold evening with a hearty entree and glass of wine. Photographed above is the stuffed salmon and asparagus.